Relax on a cruise down the Bospherous Strait and then visit the most symbolic landmarks of Istanbul: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Spice Bazaar. This half-day tour is ideal to discover the city.
Bosphorus Cruise, Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Tour
After collecting you from your hotel in the morning, the bus will drive you to the colorful Spice Bazaar, located very near the famous Galata Bridge.
The Spice Bazaar is, without a doubt, one of the best places in Istanbul to purchase authentic Turkish products. Marvel at the numerous stands overflowing with items of all shapes and sizes.
Once you’ve wandered through the Bazaar in Eminönü, in the heart of the city, make your way to the pier where you will board a comfortable cruise boat. Take a seat and enjoy the views of Istanbul from the waterway as you sail down the Bosphorus Strait. If you look to the east you will see the Asian Side and to the west, the European Side.
Wooden houses, palaces, fortresses and enormous bridges sit on the both sides of the Strait, which connects the Black Sea with the Marmara Sea.
After a 1.5-hour cruise, you’ll head to a traditional Turkish restaurant for lunch. The menu includes soup or a cold starter, börek (pastry), chicken, meat or vegetable kebab with rice and lastly, a fruit salad.
The next stop of the tour is the Hippodrome of Constantinople, built as a sporting center of Constantinople and later transformed into a resting place for the Ottomans.
Afterwards, head to one of the city’s most emblematic landmarks. The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) is considered by many as the epitome of Ottoman architecture. Its enormous dome, six minarets and its striking Iznik tiles decoration is breathtaking.
Cross Sultanahmet Square and enter the Hagia Sophia, the gem of Istanbul. This incredibly big edifice was used as a church for 916 years and as a mosque for the following 477 years. Finally, it was transformed into a museum in 1936.
The tour comes to an end either in the centre of Sultanahmet or Taksim, as you prefer.
Tour without lunch included
If you prefer to take something to eat or have lunch at your own leisure, you can book this tour without lunch included for 10 euros less.
Hotel pick up
Your guide will collect you from the following areas in the center of Istanbul: Ortaköy, Beşiktaş, Gayrettepe, Mecidiyeköy, Şişli, Feriköy, Osmanbey, Harbiye, Taksim, Beyoglu, Galata, Karaköy, Şehzadebasi, Laleli, Aksaray, Beyazit, Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Eminönü, Findikzade, Fatih, Topkapi, Merter, Eyup, Samatya and Zeytinburnu.
If your hotel or apartment is not located in the previously mentioned areas, you'll be contacted the day before your tour and informed of a location where you should meet your guide.
The interior of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is currently being reformed.
|Adults||Children 7-12 years old||Children under 7|
|Tour with Lunch Included||
US$ 33 US$ 29.70
|Tour without Lunch||
US$ 27.50 US$ 24.20
Tour with Lunch Included
Children 7-12 years oldUS$ 33 US$ 29.70
Children under 7Free
Tour without Lunch
Children 7-12 years oldUS$ 27.50 US$ 24.20
Children under 7Free
The tour is exclusively in English.
Hotel pick up.
Transportation by air conditioned bus or minibus.
Official English speaking guide.
Priority access to the landmarks you visit on the tour.
Lunch with several dishes to choose from (optional).
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the previous day (6:00 PM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - If i'm not staying in a hotel, what is the meeting point for the excursion?
A - If you're not staying in a hotel, you can make your way to Beyaz Saray: Mimar Hayrettin Mh., Yeniçeriler Caddesi No:77, with pick up around 8:50 am.
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).